XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 Watercooling Kit Review

Accessories, instructions and assembly

 XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 Watercooling Kit Review

 

Accessories

Rather than have a separate accessories section for each of the main components included in this kit it seemed sensible to dedicate this section to the accessories as a whole.  Where to begin, there's a lot of stuff comes with this kit.

Lets start with the selection of back-plates and fittings that come with the Raystorm CPU waterblock (below left).  Remembering that the Raystorm is supplied as a separate unit should you wish to fit to an AMD block, it's nice to see that as far as Intel is concerned XSPC have catered for all the relevant current chips in the form of the LG775, 1155, 1156, 1366 and 2011.  The Raystorm also comes with 2x3mm Blue LEDs on braided cables should you wish to illuminate the acrylic sections of the block.  While on the subject of LEDs lets also take a look at the accessories that come with the X20 Reservoir (below right).  Along with the interchangeable faceplates already discussed XSPC include a set of 4 Nickel coated Hex head bolts, along with, you guessed it, a 5mm Blue LED to continue the theme through into your reservoir.

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The Radiator comes with a total of 8 each of both 6mm and 30mm matte black cross head screws, enabling it to be mounted either directly to a panel, or to the surface of a standard 25mm thick fan.  A more than thoughtful inclusion I think and a detail that earns XSPC brownie points with us.  But that's not all, if you want to mount your radiator external to the case XSPC also include 4 angled 80mm to 120mm angled brackets, making it easier to attach to 80mm fan mounts whilst at the same time ensuring that the separation provided ensures ample airflow to the fins.

The radiator also comes with 2x120mm 1200rpm fans, The fans are fairly simple black 6 bladed affairs but look like they should do the job well enough.  The torture test of course will find them out should they be lacking!  Ccontinuing the theme of attention to detail XSPC have also included a set of 2x120mm black coated metal fan guards.  Although a simple design, We have to say this concentric circle look is one of our all time favourites.  And yes, of course the fan cables are braided.

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And so finally to the barbs and tubing.  XSPC provide a total of 6 G1/4 to 1/2" high-flow barbs, which is all that you will require for the assembly of the kit.  You are of course free to use these or swap them out for another style of fitting should you wish, but to be honest, they're pretty decent and seem to do the job well.  A total of 2 metres of clear 7/16" tubing also comes with the kit.  A tight fit over the 1/2" barbs but easy enough to ease into place, the tubing can then be secured with the rather industrial looking clips.  Just remember to slide them over the tubing first or you'll be cursing yourself.

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Instructions

The Kit comes with instructions for the attachment of the Raystorm block to the CPU.  The instructions are in English only and are printed in full colour on gloss paper.  Information is clear and concise making for what should be a pleasurable build.  That is however as far as the instructions go.  After that you're on your own.  As this "kit" is to some extent at least aimed at the person who wants to venture into water-cooling but who does not feel brave enough to select and assemble their own kit, it might have been nice for XSPC to include a full set of instructions in the form of an assembly guide, taking the builder through such things as flushing bleeding and filling in addition to the nuances of exactly where to stick their LEDs!

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Assembly

As detailing the whole of the assembly process would take an article in itself I'll simply comment that it was a pleasurable process, the CPU block went on without the use of swearing and the rest of the kit went together as intended.  there were no missing parts and no no damaged items.  Remember the rule about this section?  The shorter it is the better the item is to fit.  

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28-06-2012, 05:51:35

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...052921351l.jpg


We all know of XSPC as being one of the main players in the watercooling world. The relaease of their new line of water cooling kits, based around the Raystorm CPU block and the new EX series Radiators, along with the classic X20 750 Pump/res combo's see's them make a bid for the throne.


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28-06-2012, 08:15:18

SieB
Not bad at all, worth the extra 50 over the H100 anyway.

28-06-2012, 12:40:28

airdeano
im glad to see the performance comparisons. undoubtably, the thin radiator is growing
and that manufacturers are also improving on their goods.
i know there is really no replacemnet for the standard radiator, but are these newer
revisions of thinner radiators "comparable" to the duties of the standard rads?
2-5? 10? 15?
with the flow of new cases and their bullet-pointed captions of support for water-cooling
really is making for some interesting questions in water-cooling. plus the crowds
are trying to make water-cooling the band-aid for either a bad over-clock or
wrong system design. i can see where the thin maybe in.. but for serious
usage of water-cooling for looks and function, i can not see the standard
radiator being replaced for the proper way to water-cool a system.

airdeano

28-06-2012, 17:04:15

Master&Puppet
Fantastic results again from XSPC. Some people really hate the idea of "pre-made custom kits" but XSPC have been on to a winner for a good while now and I'm impressed to see that this 240 rad has come so close to the old RS360.

I was an owner of a RS360 kit for a good while as my first WC kit and I couldn't have been any happier. This does the same thing in a smaller package.

For the record I had absolutely no issue with the 750 pump either. For 6 months it ran perfectly and silently. If people are getting noise it's because they are surely failing to bleed properly, or mounting the res poorly. Highly recommended.

28-06-2012, 17:11:27

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by Master&Puppet View Post
If people are getting noise it's because they are surely failing to bleed properly, or mounting the res poorly. Highly recommended.
10-4 'dat...

airdeano

28-06-2012, 19:06:40

WillSK
This looks great! definitely the kind of thing i'd wanna try when i first venture into water cooling. I wonder if it'd fit well in a 600T i'll admit i get a bit confused about radiator sizes i.e 240 vs 360 is it the thickness?

Sorry to sound dumb

28-06-2012, 19:12:08

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by WillSK View Post
This looks great! definitely the kind of thing i'd wanna try when i first venture into water cooling. I wonder if it'd fit well in a 600T i'll admit i get a bit confused about radiator sizes i.e 240 vs 360 is it the thickness?

Sorry to sound dumb
A 360mm rad uses 3x120mm fans - it's the length of the rad.
Rads are also rated in their thickness, i.e. 30mm, 60mm, 80mm
It doesn't matter how thick the rad is, it shall still be, more or less, the same length.
You can get rads that use 120mm fans, 140mm fans and 180mm and 200mm+ fans too

28-06-2012, 19:13:30

WillSK
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post
A 360mm rad uses 3x120mm fans - it's the length of the rad.
Rads are also rated in their thickness, i.e. 30mm, 60mm, 80mm
It doesn't matter how thick the rad is, it shall still be, more or less, the same length.
You can get rads that use 120mm fans, 140mm fans and 180mm and 200mm+ fans too

Perfect! thank you

28-06-2012, 21:27:14

arnzzz
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post
Not bad at all, worth the extra 50 over the H100 anyway.
This kits close to 300 over at specialtech, little bit more than the H100

still i know which id prefer

28-06-2012, 23:03:49

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by WillSK View Post
I wonder if it'd fit well in a 600T
had you looked here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdoW6LFOOd8&feature=plcp

this is Toms 600T water cooling guide....

airdeano


Quote:
Originally Posted by arnzzz View Post
This kits close to 300 over at specialtech, little bit more than the H100
here's the specialtech link for ex240 "raystorm" @ 149.99
http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/XSPC-Raystorm-750-EX240-WaterCooling-Kit--EX-Series-Kit-pid-16244.html

you might be figuring the D5 RX360 @ 289..

airdeano
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